Blue Dresser

Painted vintage pine dresser in dark blue. The top and drawers have been sanded and waxed, it has new knobs and it’s all dressed up and ready to go to a new home… 🙂

Aztec Stencilled Cabinet

Vintage Ducal four drawer cabinet. This was originally designed as a filing cabinet and has lockable drawers (it comes with four keys) they are now just standard drawers – but very handy if you want to keep your pants under lock and key 😉 It has been sanded, stained and dark waxed, with an Aztec/tribal stencilled decoration on two of the drawers.

Chest of Drawers with Chair

Vintage chest of drawers with (new) velvet armchair. I had all sorts of plans for this chest, but after Colin had added the hairpin legs and sanded off all the nasty brown varnish, I realised that it didn’t need anything more than a few coats of wax…it’s perfect as it is 🙂

Gold Leaf Dressing Table

Victorian dressing table, painted in charcoal grey with added gold leaf details. Every single time I use this stuff I end up looking like Tinkerbell, and the workshop looks like there’s been an explosion in a glitter factory 😀 If anyone has any top tips on how to avoid this, they will be very gratefully received…

Carved Antique Corner Cupboard

Beautifully carved oak Victorian gothic style corner cupboard. This has been painted in black and heavily distressed to accentuate the intricate carving and reveal the original oak. You really don’t see many pieces like this any more…

Apothecary Chest

I have been calling this the apothecary chest ever since we bought it, although it is actually made of Indian hardwood and was probably made about 20 years ago… It just reminds me of those vintage multi drawer cabinets that contained all sorts of mysterious substances back in the day. As a nod to that idea I have painted the top in a faux zinc effect and given the drawers a layered paint effect and some roman numerals, like you do 😉 This is a real statement piece and at 6ft long it would need to be! However it provides great storage as the drawers are both deep and roomy, any budding alchemists out there take note 😀

Numbers and Stars Multi-drawer

In over twenty years of furniture buying I have never seen one of these before, so naturally we had to have it! It’s like a cross between a early 20th century sideboard, a multi drawer chest and an Indian cupboard. So after much deliberation I decided to paint it in a deep green and add stars and numbers to the drawers, for no reason other than I thought it would look good 😉 I do hope you agree.

Dragonfly Dressing Chest

A ‘campaign’ style chest with a hidden dressing table area. This very substantial chest (Antiquechic regulars will know exactly what I mean by that!) has been given the most amazing makeover, pretty much every inch of it has been decoupaged (or the visible bits anyway) in either this beautiful dragonfly wallpaper, or a vintage damask inside. It was a very ambitious project and there may have been some tears along the way (and that was just Colin) but look at it now! It was worth all the pain – I can say that because I only did a bit of painting and chose the vintage handles, all the painstaking decoupage was down to Colin 😉

Edwardian Chairs

A pair of matching Edwardian armchairs, which are a more unusual find than you might think, in my experience. The carved frames have been painted in a deep grey/brown shade that I mixed to contrast with the design on the lovely Romo designer fabric that we chose to reupholster them in. I think these look good enough to grace a stately home but if you don’t happen to have one of those, I think they would look pretty classy wherever they go… 😀

Mahogany Beetle Bureau

Mahogony Beetle Bureau

Vintage mahogany veneer bureau. Having painstakingly sanded and restored the wood on this bureau we decided to ‘go light’ for a change. This has been painted in a shade called Carved Stone, according to the hundreds of blogs, interiors magazines, Instagram posts etc etc that I read on a daily basis, neutrals are the next big thing – which should come as welcome news to the people who never even knew they were out of fashion 😀 I added some abstract stencils to the drawers and quirky knobs with beetles on them – just because I can 😉